The Victoria Hotel, Tourism Victoria

Population 1991

Rutherglen is the centre of one of the most important winegrowing districts in Victoria, with a cluster of vineyards surrounding the town. Many of the local wineries are best known for their fortified wines. Rutherglen's main street features preserved late-19th-century architecture.

Visitor Information

57 Main St; (02) 6033 6300 or 1800 622 871

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Corowa

    Corowa has been known for its goldmining, winemaking, timber milling and as the 'birthplace of Federation'. Traders in the 19th century had...more

  • Chiltern

    Now surrounded by rich pastoral farmland, Chiltern was once at the centre of a goldmining boom and had as many as 14 suburbs. After the...more

  • Wangaratta

    Wangaratta lies in a rich agricultural district in north-eastern Victoria that produces a diverse range of crops including kiwifruit, wine...more

In Town

Rutherglen Wine Experience: interpretive displays of Rutherglen's wine history; visitor centre, Main St.

Common School Museum: local history displays and a re-creation of a Victorian-era schoolroom; behind Main St.

Historic tours: take a self-guided walk, bike ride or drive, following maps provided at the visitor centre.

Lake King: originally constructed in 1874 as Rutherglen's water storage, it is now a wildlife sanctuary and offers a scenic walk.


Rutherglen wine region This area has been producing wine continuously since 1839. Read more

Great Northern Mine: marked by mullock heaps associated with the first alluvial goldmine in the district. Historical details are provided on-site; Great Northern Rd, 5 km E.

Lake Moodemere: found near the winery of the same name, the lake is popular for watersports and features ancient Aboriginal canoe trees by the shores; 8 km W.

Old customs house: a relic from the time when a tax was payable on goods from NSW; 10 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Mulwala 39 km

Lake Mulwala separates the Victorian and NSW towns of Yarrawonga and Mulwala. It is a little over three hours’ drive from Melbourne and is popular with anglers seeking native fish such as Murray cod and... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling - Murray to the Mountains and High Country Rail Trails 36 km

With 100 kilometres of safe, sealed bitumen surface to pedal on, the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail is the most developed rail trail in the state, and therefore very popular, with more than 40 000 people estimated to... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Vintara Winery

This recently opened brewery and winery complex is all about matching the right food with the wines and beers. The locally brewed Bintara beers in particular have garnered some acclaim, and the Crystal Wheat, Black Beer,... Find out more

Pickled Sisters Cafe

Located in a pitch-roofed tin shed next to the Cofield Winery’s cellar door, Pickled Sisters is an airy, casual place with a friendly attitude and a straightforward approach towards the food it serves. The main... Find out more

Terrace Restaurant

It is hard not to be impressed by the setting of the Terrace Restaurant, located in a mock Scottish castle built in 1880 at All Saints winery. But the brick-floored restaurant does not rest on its location laurels and... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Bridge Road Brewers 39 km

Ben Kraus originally trained as a winemaker but his head was turned in the direction of craft brewing during a stint working in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. The cluster of microbreweries in this... Find out more

Campsites around town

Shaws Flat camping area 8 km

This camping spot is only 7 km north of Rutherglen, forcing visitors to choose between another swim or more fishing, and a trip to a local winery for a glass of fine wine and a long lunch – tough decisions must be... Find out more

Granthams Bend camping area 9 km

From Lake Moodemere, the Murray River doglegs north past Corowa before taking another turn to the east. It’s up this way, 5 km north-east of Wahgunyah, that you’ll find Granthams Bend. There are walks along... Find out more

Stantons camping area 10 km

Stantons camping area is only 5 km from Rutherglen, where the delicious tastes of locally bottled shiraz and muscat await, as well as the fine fare offered in the local cafes and restaurants. Access is via Moodemere Rd,... Find out more

Gooramadda State Forest (Police Paddocks) camping area 10 km

The Police Paddocks are so named because police horses used to have a rest in the vicinity in the late 19th century. Nowadays it’s campers who put themselves out to pasture here to take a break from heavy activity.... Find out more

Lumbys Bend camping area 14 km

Lumbys Bend is another of the tranquil twists of the Murray River enjoyed by overnighting motorists and intrepid canoeists. It’s also utilised by swimmers, though the water can get quite cold. This camping area is... Find out more

Taylors Bend camping area 16 km

This slight crook in the flow of the Murray River is 18 km west of Rutherglen, near the township of Dugays Bridge. Turn north off the Murray Valley Hwy onto Brimin Rd, which meets the Murray near Collendina State Forest.... Find out more

Doolans Bend camping area 19 km

Doolans Bend is one of many twists and turns in the Murray River to the immediate north-west of Barnawartha North. Fishing, canoeing and swimming tend to make up the daily agenda here, with long breaks between activities... Find out more

Lower Ovens camping area (bush camping) 23 km

There’s dispersed bush camping along the picturesque Ovens and Murray rivers – try Parolas and Camerons bends. Check the local riverbanks for platypus and water rat burrows, and watch kingfishers go after... Find out more

Richardsons Bend camping area 24 km

Take Kings Rd off the Old Barnawartha Rd to reach Richardsons Bend, which lies a few kilometres north-west of Barnawartha North. Note: like many of the tracks leading to sites beside the Murray River, this route is... Find out more

Reedy Creek camping area 31 km

In the southern section of the national park, several bush-camping sites are scattered alongside Reedy Creek, which winds from near Woolshed Falls to the fancifully named Eldorado gold dredge. To get here, take the road... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ball Park Caravan Park 8 km

This is a large council-owned park, close to the centre of town. It is a popular holiday destination and bookings are required in peak periods; a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas, Easter and long weekends. Pets... Find out more

Corowa Caravan Park 9 km

The park is 2 km east of town with frontage to the Murray River. It is the closest park to the popular golf course. Large and shady, this park is great for a weekend or a longer break. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

North Cedars Holiday Park 32 km

Located about 4 km north-east of the township, this is a good quality park in a quiet location on what was once the old highway prior to the opening of the bypass.... Find out more

Painters Island Caravan Park 35 km

Less than 1 km from the town centre, this nicely appointed park is situated on the banks of the Ovens River. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Big4 Borderland Holiday Park 36 km

The park is on the western edge of town in a quiet off-highway location. It has good facilities and is our choice of parks in the town area.... Find out more

Yarrawonga Holiday Park 42 km

This is a very large, popular park on the banks of the Murray River, just below the Yarrawonga Weir. It is situated around some of the town’s sporting facilities, including the public swimming pool, and experiences... Find out more

Albury Central Tourist Park 43 km

This centrally located park is about 2 km from the city centre in a quiet, off-highway location. It has good facilities including a tennis court. This is a basic park, but a good base for exploring the greater Albury... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bank on Main

Centrally located on the town’s main street, this former 1899 two-storey Bank of Australasia has been tastefully converted to offer luxury B&B in two king-size ensuite rooms. Entry is via a side gate, the... Find out more

Ready Cottage B&B

This most comfortable family home has been thoughtfully renovated to host traditional B&B accommodation in three queen-size bedrooms, all with ensuites. Named after the original owners of the property, Ready Cottage... Find out more

The House at Mount Prior

Offering the only accommodation with restaurant on a working winery in the historic wine-rich region of Rutherglen, The House at Mount Prior is a magnificent home overlooking vines that produce some of the region’s... Find out more

Vineyards at Tuileries

Over the years the Tuileries has evolved into perhaps the region’s most exciting accommodation option. Once simply a fine restaurant, it has gradually added a cafe and in more recent years great accommodation. It... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Police Paddocks camping area 10 km

T/O 2km E of Rutherglen (L) or 42km W of Wodonga (R)

Large area 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Gooramadda and Police Paddock rds. Located on the banks of Murphys Creek in Gooramadda State Forest.

Browns Plains rest area 16 km

18km E of Rutherglen (L) or 26km W of Wodonga (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.

Howlong rest area 16 km

T/O 16km E of Rutherglen (L) or 28km W of Wodonga (R)

Overlooking a river 7km north of the highway on the road to Howlong.

Ironbark rest area 19 km

38km NE of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the freeway under shady trees. For northbound only.

Chiltern rest area 19 km

29km SW of Wodonga (L)

Secluded among the trees just off the freeway. For southbound only.

Lower Ovens Regional Park camping area 23 km

23km E of Yarrawonga (L) or 25km W of Rutherglen (R)

Numerous secluded campsites just off the highway. Located under trees on the riverbank of the Ovens River's eastern side.

Bundalong park area 27 km

At Bundalong

Adjacent to the highway among some trees. 

What's on around town

Tastes of Rutherglen: celebration of the region's gourmet food and wine; Mar.

Rutherglen and District Art Society Show: Mar.

Easter in Rutherglen: Easter.

Winery Walkabout: June.

Country Fair: June.

Wine Show: Sept.

Tour de Rutherglen: cycling and wine event; Oct.

Young Bloods and Bloody Legends: food and wine event; Oct.

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